Pleasing combination of rational and idiosyncratic
East RIBA Regional Award 2019
Jamie Fobert Architects for Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
Contract value: £11m
Cost per m²: £5,460
Jim Ede’s domestic museum, Kettle’s Yard, which was established in the 1950s and extended by Sir Leslie Martin in the late 60s, has been given an authentic and faithful enhancement through this careful and sensitive project. Rectangular gallery spaces, perfectly proportioned and laid out for international exhibitions, have been set into the random shape of the site with all its nooks and crannies. A deep coherence has been achieved within what had been a disparate collection of parts, and a very pleasing combination of rational and idiosyncratic architectural spaces has been created.